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Alamosa, CO June protests cooled down after the shooting, it is not over

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Source: Jopa - Beet Foundation
Published: 2020-06-22
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On Thursday June 4th the protests in Downtown Alamosa, CO over police brutality and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, took a turn to the worse, a man with a concealed weapon shot another man in the back of the head through his truck window in the middle of an intersection central to the protest.

As reported by Meg Colwell at Alamosa News two days after the incident.

"Thursday night’s peaceful protest, as well as, two previous protests, were organized by community member, Emily."

Emily asserts that the protesters were making efforts to keep it peaceful, that she did not recognize him from the days before and that he seemed separate and more aggressive than most protesters. Read the Alamosa News report here.


Then on June 16th Susan Greene at Alamosa News reported.

“It doesn’t look good,” his sister, Candace, said Thursday. Marshall ran from the scene with his wife. The couple drove separately to their home on Bonney Drive, where Marshall was arrested a few hours later. By that time, his own defense attorney, Randy Canney, had arrived at the house from Salida and Marshall had changed from the jeans and a black T-shirt he wore to the protest to a lawyerly dress shirt.

The detective noticed that the beard Marshall had during the protest had been shaven, and asked Marshall why. Marshall told him that “if he was going to jail he wanted a clean shave.”

He was released from Alamosa County Jail Friday on $6,000 bail – for a $60,000 bond – apparently without an ankle monitor or restrictions about leaving the state or possessing a firearm. He is scheduled to appear in court the morning of Monday, June 15 to be formally charged with attempted 2nd-degree murder, 1st-degree assault, reckless endangerment, felony menacing, criminal mischief, illegal discharge of a firearm and prohibited use of a weapon. District Attorney Robert Willett has asked the court to issue a ruling that morning prohibiting Marshall from possessing guns or ammunition. Canney, on Marshall’s behalf, won’t oppose that request.

Earlier this week, Chief Judge Gonzales signed an order disqualifying all judges in the 12th Judicial District from presiding over the case because Marshall has appeared before them in his law practice and they might have – or appear to have – a conflict of interest. The judge has asked Colorado’s Supreme Court to appoint a judge from outside the district.

Neither Marshall nor Lorraine could be reached this week for comment about the shooting. In the meantime, flowers, two stuffed bears and an American flag have been left in Pruitt’s honor around a planter at the intersection where he was shot.


On June 15th CBSN Denver reported after Marshall appeared before a judge via Webex video conference.

Marshall, 27, faces seven charges: Attempted 2nd Degree Homicide, 1st Degree Assault, Reckless Endangerment, Felony Menacing, Criminal Mischief, Illegal Discharge of a Firearm, and Prohibited Use of Weapons.

Alamosa Combined Courts Clerk Jennifer Pacheco told CBS4 that Marshall waived his right to an advisement Monday morning as he, his attorney, and the 12th Judicial District Attorney Robert Willett appeared before a judge via Webex video conference. Marshall is scheduled to return to court August 28th for a preliminary hearing; whether remotely or in person is yet to be determined.

In his police interview, Marshall said he and his wife entered the crosswalk as eastbound and westbound traffic was stopped at a red light. When Pruitt’s truck crept forward among the protesters, Marshall said “he went to the passenger side of the truck.”

Marshall then told officers he thought he saw the truck come in contact with his wife, who was still in front of the truck.

“James said he was in fear for his wife’s safety of being run over and he fired a shot into the truck,” the affidavit reads.

Marshall obtained a conceal-carry weapons permit in Boulder County in 2017, according to the document.

The June 4th protest was in response to the police-related death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and was conducted outside Marshall’s downtown office. He told investigating officers he knew of the event in advance and had planned to attend.

A June 6th update on a GoFundMe page raising money for Pruitt’s medical expenses states the bullet is still lodged in Pruitt’s brain, and that he is in critical condition and on life support. The page desribes Pruitt as a disabled veteran. A message sent to the page organizers requesting more recent information has not been returned.


Carie Canterbury at the Cañon City Daily Record reports on the Gofund me page for the victim and mentions the hearing on August 28th.

According to the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Marshall’s bond originally was set at $50,000. During a hearing on June 5, the judge increased the bond to $60,000, which Marshall later posted and was released.

A GoFund me page set up for Pruitt by a family member states that he was on his way to pick up dinner when he was shot. He is a single father and a disabled veteran.

Marshall is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing at 9 a.m. Aug. 28.".


James Edward Marshall IV the accused shooter is a defense attorney as reported at KRDO and the ABA Journal among other sources.

KRDO Footage of the event from a shop at the intersection:


The accused apparently owns a business called Marshall Law LLC. in Alamosa. Sounds like a B rate screen play.

With a website that was working days after the event, but is disabled now.

You can still view at least one page of the website on

We will see what happens on August 28th.